Research Lab Results for rehabilitation
Laboratory of Vestibular NeuroAdaptationLab WebsitePrincipal Investigator:
Michael Schubert, Ph.D.
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
The Laboratory of Vestibular NeuroAdaptation investigates mechanisms of gaze stability in peopl...e with loss of vestibular sensation. A bulk of our research investigates motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) using different types of error signals. In addition, we investigate the synergistic relationship between the vestibular and saccadic oculomotor systems as trainable strategies for gaze stability. We are particularly interested in developing novel technologies to assess and deliver improved rehabilitation outcomes. We are validating a hand-held computer tablet for assessment of sensorimotor function and participating in a clinical trial comparing traditional vestibular rehabilitation against a device developed in our laboratory that can unilaterally or bilaterally strengthen the VOR.Research Areas: gaze stability, vestibular sensation, vestibulo-ocular reflex, rehabilitation, sensorimotor functions
Members of the lab include physical therapists, physicians, engineers, statisticians and post-doctoral fellows. The laboratory is supported by generous grant funding from NASA, the NIH, the DOD and grateful patients
Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research ProgramLab WebsitePrincipal Investigator:
Abbey Hughes, Ph.D., M.A.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., and Meghan Beier, Ph.D., are clinical psychologists, co-investigators a...nd grant-funded clinical researchers specializing in neurorehabilitation psychology and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Hughes' research focuses on health behaviors and their impact on cognitive dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Beier's research focuses on characterizing emotional and cognitive symptoms common among people with MS, refining neuropsychological assessment techniques, and developing interventions to ameliorate or slow MS-related cognitive decline. view moreResearch Areas: neuropsychology, psychology, multiple sclerosis, cognition, behavioral research, sleep medicine, rehabilitation
Swallowing Investigation in Physiology (SIP) LabLab WebsitePrincipal Investigator:
Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, M.D., Ph.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The SIP Lab studies the mechanisms of normal and disordered swallowing. The team conducts resea...rch in the areas of swallowing rehabilitation after stroke, effects of aging on swallowing and measurement of swallowing physiology. view moreResearch Areas: deglutition, swallowing disorders, dysphagia, neurophysiology, stroke, aging, 320-row area detector, MRI, swallowing, physiology, videofluoroscopy, rehabilitation
Zeiler Stroke Recovery LabLab WebsitePrincipal Investigator:
Steven Zeiler, M.D., Ph.D.
Improved acute stroke care means that more patients are surviving. Unfortunately, up to 60 perc...ent of stroke survivors suffer disability in arm or leg use, and 30 percent need placement in a longer term care facility. Recovering motor skills after stroke is essential to rehabilitation and the restoration of a meaningful life. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop innovative new approaches to rehabilitation. Most recovery from motor impairment after stroke occurs in the first month and is largely complete by three months. Improvement occurs independently of rehabilitative interventions (for example, physical and occupational therapy), which predominantly target function through compensatory strategies that do not constitute true recovery. Dr. Zeiler and his team are conducting research to uncover how to augment and prolong this critical window of time. view moreResearch Areas: cerebrovascular dysfunction, cerebrovascular, stroke, rehabilitation